Archive for August 1st, 2010

First 500 words written today…

It’s a landmark day! I’ve actually made a start on the first chapter. In keeping with my plan, 500 words are down on the first page. It took me two hours though, and I didn’t feel as though I’d achieved very much really – it’s still quite rough and needs tidying up (as you’d expect at this stage).

There will be plenty of days like that. Days when the writing doesn’t feel particularly inspired and the words just aren’t finding their way from the idea in my head to the letters in the novel. I expected it to be that way on day one; I’m not the sort of person to get writer’s block, it’s more like writer’s stitch, and when that happens, you just have to run through it – the important thing is to keep the momentum going until the really good stuff starts to flow.

And sometimes I just need a bit of  help from things like art or music. I recently browsed through some scary art by H.R. Giger, Zdzislaw Beksinski and Kris Kuksi. Truly creepy stuff. Check out Kuksi’s sculpture called Guardian on page 5 of the sculptures gallery – it’s not that far off the image I wanted for the Gaia’s Engine machine in the book.

But I also need some music to write to.

I’ve been listening to the ambient music of Quake by Nine Inch Nails, but sooner or later I’ll be listening to their album ‘Ghosts’. I can’t bring myself to do that yet though, ever since Ruth made the observation that one of the tracks sounds like someone is farting through a sieve (track 23 of Ghosts III)!